The Music Event of Summer Airs Wednesday, Aug. 8 on the ABC Television Network

NASHVILLE—The Country Music Association has announced Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini
will return for a second year as hosts of “CMA Fest,” the three-hour
special that brings Country Music’s Ultimate Fan Experience to a
national television audience. “CMA Fest” airs Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network and is executive produced by Robert Deaton.

“This year’s CMA Fest is our biggest yet, with many artists debuting full festival sets on the Nissan Stadium stage,” said Sarah Trahern,
CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We’re thrilled once again to broadcast
‘CMA Fest’ and bring the festival to millions of Country Music fans not
only here in the U.S. but all around the world.”

“Thomas and Kelsea are the embodiment of the summer fun that is CMA
Fest, and we are so excited they’ll be back for year two,” said Rob Mills, ABC Entertainment Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming. 

Filmed during Nashville’s annual CMA Fest Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10,
the television special features more than 25 of Country Music’s biggest
names as they hit the stage during the four-day event. 2018 marks the
15th consecutive year of the broadcast, a feat no other U.S. music
festival has achieved. Last year’s broadcast of “CMA Fest” achieved
three-year ratings highs. 

Rhett returns to host “CMA Fest” for a third year, first hosting the
special in 2016. Ballerini will perform at Nissan Stadium Saturday, June 9, in addition to appearing as Artist of the Day at Xfinity Fan Fair X Sunday, June 10.
A limited number of four-day tickets for the nightly concerts at Nissan
Stadium, which also includes four-day access to Xfinity Fan Fair X, are
still available at or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. 

CMA Fest is unlike any other, with live music on 11 official stages
throughout downtown Nashville, meet and greets and up-close-and-personal
experiences for fans at Xfinity Fan Fair X, over 300 acts donating
their time in support of music education through the CMA Foundation,
and nearly 90,000 Country Music fans from the all over U.S. and abroad
flocking to Music City each summer. All of CMA Fest’s outdoor daytime
stages as well as nightly shows at the Cracker Barrel Country Roads
Stage at Ascend Amphitheater are free and open to the public. Fans can
purchase the CMA Fest Nash Pass
for $60 plus fees, allowing a limited amount of fans VIP early access
at the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage. The Nash Pass also includes a
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum tour, Ryman Auditorium tour and
four-day admission to Xfinity Fan Fair X. Tickets for Xfinity Fan Fair X
are available for $10 each day or $25 for a four-day pass.  

Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from
CMA Fest are used to drive the CMA Foundation’s mission of enriching and
sustaining music education programs. Through strategic partnerships,
professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a
nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested over $21 million in 85 programs across
the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps
and community outreach organizations.

Don’t miss a beat—download the CMA Fest app, presented by Xfinity, or get connected with CMA on, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and sign up for CMA Country Connection emails to receive the latest news as soon as it’s announced.


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